The rule of the road in the UK is that we drive on the left of the carriageway. If you’ve ever wondered why that might be, you can trace it back to historical times when riders and drivers of horse-drawn vehicles could keep their right sword-arm out into the road to protect themselves against passers by.
In this day and age, of course, that has become just a quirky part of history and the fact of the matter is that many other countries have adopted an entirely different rule of the road – to drive on the right, in a left hand drive vehicle.
Indeed, the countries that now drive on the right outnumber those like Britain which drive on the left. If you are looking to that wider overseas market in which to buy and import your car – or if you are buying a car already in the UK to take with you abroad on a foreign assignment – the chances are that it is going to be left hand drive.
As the government website points out, there may be legal restrictions on the technical standards to be reached by any car registered in the UK, but none of these relate to whether it is right- or left hand drive.
Although the market may be much larger and although there is no legal restriction on driving a left hand drive vehicle on UK roads, when it comes to left hand drive car finance you might have a much narrower choice of providers.
Many lenders may prefer to stick with those vehicles they know the best – unexceptional vehicles, the likes of which you are likely to find in the driveway of practically every house on the street. If you dare to be different and choose a left hand drive vehicle, however, your choice of finance may be more limited.
That is, unless you choose a specialist provider with a wider knowledge of the market, access to a much broader range of finance options, and the ability to identify those lenders comfortable with the provision of finance for a left hand drive vehicle.
Once you have chosen such a specialist, you are likely to find that your finance options for acquiring a left hand drive car are as wide, varied and flexible as for any conventional right hand drive vehicle:
Whether you choose to sit on the right or the left of the car you want to drive, therefore, a specialist provider of left hand drive car finance may be able to secure competitively-priced finance deals offering a wide range of repayment options.